September 14, 2013 Subject:
Written by a Quiet Hero
The author of this sixteen page booklet, Canon W. F. France, was the last Warden of St. Augustine’s College, Canterbury, when it served as a Missionary College for the Church of England (1848-1947). The college was so severely damaged by a German air-raid on the night of May 31, 1942, that it could no longer operate, so Canon France was left virtually alone in the college. He spent his days on his hands and knees picking up the sharp glass shards that the bombs had sown across the campus. Canon France knew that if the shards were ground in, the soil would be forever contaminated by them. St. Augustine’s as the Central College of the Anglican Communion (1952-1967) and the King’s School since 1976 have benefitted by Canon France’s quiet labor.